City, county to address airport leadership

Local government officials will weigh in on an upcoming new appointment for an at-large board member position for the Grand Junction Regional Airport.

Grand Junction City Councilors and Mesa County Commissioners talked about those plans during their joint meeting Thursday afternoon.

The Airport Authority has one at-large position opening in February. Current Airport Authority chairman Doug Simons is term-limited.

Current Airport Authority members are tasked with locating a candidate and local governments’ officials approve the appointment. Grand Junction City Attorney John Shaver said he couldn’t find any evidence that local governments had approved the board’s single at-large position in the past, but that is how the position should be chosen according to the group’s bylaws.

“We want to make certain (the process) abides by that bylaw,” Shaver said.

City Councilors and Mesa County Commissioners each appoint three members to the seven-member board. Another position, a county-appointed seat held by Tom LaCroix, expires in April and a city-appointed seat held by John Stevens expires in June.

City councilors and commissioners said they wanted to gather more regularly with the Airport Authority to be updated on issues.

Local officials said they felt blindsided when a grant they approved for what was proposed as a wildlife fence created a controversy, after general aviation tenants were left to deal with a security fence disrupting their business.


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